The Annunciation

Once again we return to the Rosary and focus on the first Joyful Mystery. The Annunciation is a strange event as in the Bible we get two different accounts of the story. The most common is the one in Luke where Mary is greeted by Gabriel, the Archangel, “Hail Mary, full of Grace the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.” Mary was frightened and her mind was racing who is this person. Then Gabriel said “Fear not, you have found favor with God and you will bear a son and name him Jesus.” The angel goes on explaining how the Holy Spirit will come and Mary will conceive then and maybe there is  something about midi-chlorians, it goes on a bit. Mary then says “Let it be done unto me according to your will.” Then Gabriel left and Mary went to visit here cousin Elizabeth.

The other account of the story comes in Matthew where Mary is has been found with child and Joseph was about to leave Mary. Joseph goes to sleep and it is Joseph who gets visited by an angel (Gabriel?) in a dream,  the angel tells him that Mary conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and not by any other man so there was nothing to be afraid of. Joseph is also told that Mary will bear a son and him name will be Jesus. After Joseph woke up he did what the Angel told him.

These two stories show the depth of the events of the Annunciation it wasn’t just Mary saying “Yes” or Joseph following directions but perhaps a combination of the two events. We need to follow the examples set by Mary and Joseph in these stories. Mary shows great courage to say “yes” to something that seems impossible, she will bear a child without laying with a man. Joseph is a great example of having doubts in the Lord’s plan but sticking through to the end, as he wanted to leave Mary but following the advice of the angel he stays.

I hope we can one day all have the courage of Mary to say yes to God’s plan for us and the tenacity of Joseph to stick with the plan even when it gets difficult.